Gianfranco Bertone

Universiteit van Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

A new era in the quest for dark matter

2023–2024: Spring

I am a Professor of Theoretical Astroparticle Physics at the Center of Excellence in Gravitation and Astroparticle Physics of the University of Amsterdam. After an MSc at the University “La Sapienza” of Rome and a PhD at the University of Oxford and the Institute of Astrophysics in Paris, I have held teaching and research positions at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the University of Padova, the Institut d’Astrophysique in Paris, and the University of Zurich, before moving permanently to Amsterdam in 2011.

In 2011, together with a group of talented young faculty, I contributed to establish in Amsterdam the GRAPPA center of excellence in Gravitation and Astroparticle Physics, for which I acted as Spokesperson until 2019.

Since July 2019 I have been the Founding Director of the European Consortium for Astroparticle Theory, which aims to bring together the European community of theoretical astroparticle physicists and cosmologists.

I strongly believe in the importance of science outreach. I have written two popular science books and given a number of public lectures. In 2018, I launched a new initiative for the communication of science, the Premio Cosmos, for which I act as president.